Mary Jeanne (Wheeler) Hunt of Follansbee, WV, passed away on April 7, 2019, in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the age of 80.
She was born in Wellsburg, WV, on September 24, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Merle D. and Catharine (Meyer) Gaudio.
Mary Jeanne attended St. John Catholic Grade School and St. Anthony Catholic Grade School. She graduated from Follansbee High School in 1956 and from West Liberty State College in 1960. Mary Jeanne did her graduate studies at West Virginia University.
In addition to her parents, Mary Jeanne was also preceded in death by her brother, Merle David Gaudio. She is survived by her daughter, Jo-Ellen (Bill) Connolly of Weirton, WV, her sister, Marjorie A. Gaudio, and her brothers, Attorney Michael E. Gaudio, and Richard S. Gaudio, all of Follansbee, and Attorney Robert J. (Clare) Gaudio of Wheeling, WV. Mary Jeanne is survived by grandsons Joseph (Caitlin) McLane of Weirton, WV and John (Nicole) McLane of Morgantown, WV and great-grandson, Finnegan McLane.
Mary Jeanne retired in 2006 with 47 years in public school education, with the last 42 years as an elementary school teacher with Brooke County Schools. Mary Jeanne’s lessons challenged her students each day. To her, teaching wasn’t a job, it was a vocation. She loved her students and strove to provide them with the best education she could.
All through her life, Mary Jeanne had a love of learning. She took classes to learn the Italian and Japanese languages and was an avid reader. She was a music enthusiast who played piano and enjoyed singing at local chorales and in the church choir.
After her retirement, Mary Jeanne took up painting. She could often be found poolside at her condo painting the scenery of Myrtle Beach. She loved to laugh, had a keen wit, and was always quick with a joke. Mary Jeanne loved to travel. She visited many European countries and enjoyed cruising the islands of the Caribbean and the Inside Passage of Alaska. Among her favorite travel stories was trying “cloudberries” during her trip to Norway.
Mary Jeanne had a very kind heart and a warm smile. Her faith in God was steadfast and she was a firm believer in helping others. She donated to many charities, both local and national. She was a proud sponsor of the St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Because of her kindheartedness, she never met a stranger. She was always striking up a conversation with someone, even if just meeting them for the first time. Mary Jeanne’s family was everything to her. She would always find a reason to have a family get-together or party. Mary Jeanne was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Follansbee, the Wheeling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a 50year member of Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teacher’s Sorority, Catholic Daugh- ters of America Court St. Ursula, Myrtle Beach Sons and Daughters of Italy, GFWC Twentieth Century Study Club of Follansbee, Altar and Rosary Society, Brooke County Retired Teachers, and AARP. She was also a past member of the Brooke County Education Association, West Virginia Education Association, and National Education Association. Mary Jeanne had a beautiful singing voice and sang in the St. Anthony’s Church Choir and was also a former member of the Ohio Valley Chorale in Wheeling, WV.
Friends will be received at Mullenbach Funeral Home, 669 Main Street, Follansbee, WV on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and again on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Vigil Service will be held on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Follansbee on Tuesday, April 16, at 10 a.m., with the Reverend Daniel Pisano as celebrant. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary Jeanne’s honor in the memory of her brother, Merle David Gaudio, to the ALS Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15209 or to the St. Joseph Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57326.
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